Myriam Catusse is a political scientist and a CNRS research fellow (CR1) at the Institut de recherche sur le monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence) since 2000. Since September 2013, she heads the department of contemporary studies at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo). She holds a PhD from Sciences-Po Aix-en-Provence (1999) and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute of Florence (Italy). She teaches for MBA Students at Aix-Marseille University and Sciences-Po Aix and also taught at the Paris School for International Affairs. She was earlier a PhD student at Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat (Morocco) (1996-1999) and was researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) between April 2006 and October 2010 in Lebanon.
She is a board member of Politique africaine, L’Année du Maghreb and the Revue des mondes musulmans et de la méditerranée. She is, with Stéphanie Latte, the head of the Social sciences department of the IREMAM.
From 2008 to 2011, she led an ANR-funded (Agence nationale de la recherche) team project called “TANMIA (Development: the fabric of public action in the Middle East?)” and, before that was team leader of a joint French Ministry of Foreign Affairs/CNRS project on “States Facing Social Issue in Maghreb” (2005-2008). She coordinated with Karam Karam and Olfa Lamloum the research programme Mobilizing and voting. The Lebanese parliamentary elections of June 2009, with the Lebanese Center for Policies Studies (Beirut) and the National Democratic Institute, and was a member of the research Program Political Parties’ Development in the Arab World, with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (Beirut) and the International Development Research Center (Ottawa).
Her research focuses mainly on social issues and mobilizations in the Middle East. She edited and co-edited books on Moroccan Businessmen (2008), on Moroccan (2004) and Lebanese elections (2011), on political parties in Maghreb (2005) and Middle East (2010) and on social issues (2005, 2010, 2010) (see her bibliography on hal-shs).
In the framework of the WAFAW project, she focuses primarily on the dynamics of politicization and depolitization of “social issues”, questioning the resurgence of “dangerous classes” debates, on local moral economy and clientelist dynamics.